Health Performance Benefit-Cost Cost Effectiveness of Green Retrofit Housing for Low-Income Seniors in Phoneix Arizona

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

With energy efficiency and green building standards increasingly embedded in residential building practices, the need to assess their impact on indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and health becomes more immediate and critical to ensure that green housing and healthy housing are in fact synonymous (HUD 2009, 8). There is little research to date that has systematically examined the effects of green building practices on home hazards, IEQ and residents health; and none of this has focused on one of the most vulnerable residential populations: low-income elderly (or seniors), the target population of this proposal. While there are a number of research studies examining a single type of home features (e.g. home hazards) on singular health outcomes (e.g. injuries), none examine the impact of an array of green building practices on prominent home health concerns of seniors, such as: respiratory ailments; joint and movement impairments; injuries; anxiety and other mental health conditions; and functional limitations. The mounting increase in the numbers of seniors living and aging in homes outside institutionalized care facilities in the next few decades underscores the importance of addressing those unique risk factors for housing-related illnesses and injuries among older adults in cost effective manner.F4
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date5/1/108/31/13

Funding

  • US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): $450,000.00

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